Press Esc to close
Saturday 30 May 2015
News updated at 9:31 PM IST
Weather
Max: 32.4°C
Min : 22.3°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Brutal killings

Aug 31 , 2012

The Taliban’s beheading of 17 people including two women in Afghanistan’s Helmand province has evoked world-wide disgust. 

The victims were civilians. They were beheaded for listening to music and dancing. They belonged to a nomadic group, whose culture includes music and dance. In acting against them, the Taliban has laid bare its obscurantist outlook.

During the Taliban regime (1996-2001), the Ministry of Vice and Promotion of Virtue banned Afghans from viewing television or movies, and listening  of music.

Girls above the age of ten were forbidden from going to school or mixing with men who were not blood relatives.  Listening to music was considered sinful, an action that deserved beatings, even death. It was these oppressive edicts that contributed to the mounting unpopularity of the Taliban.

The Taliban sought legitimacy for these rules by claiming that singing and dancing were un-Islamic, a clear distortion of the Prophet’s teachings. Since the fall of the Taliban regime in November 2001, beheading of civilians for listening to music had come down, although there have been countless instances of civilians being executed for allegedly acting as informers for the US-led Nato forces in Afghanistan.


Music is a core component of Afghan culture. By silencing it, the Taliban is denying the Afghan people their culture and also a means of self-expression and entertainment. Their recent beheading is a violation of human rights as well as of Afghan and international law.  


It is unfortunate that at a time when president Hamid Karzai is trying his utmost to bring the Taliban into the political mainstream by engaging it in talks, and seeking ways to help the Taliban rid itself of its image as a terrorist organisation, its members continue to engage in actions that reveal their medieval and brutal mindset.

The ongoing peace process with the Taliban has several critics, an important one being the US. These detractors are bound to point to the Taliban’s continuing brutal ways to force Karzai to call off the talks. By beheading civilians the Taliban has undermined itself.

The peace process provides it with an opportunity to improve its image, enhance its credibility and perhaps even access power through legitimate ways. Many of its cadres are fed up of endless fighting. They want to lead normal lives with families and friends around them. Indulging in brutal actions will not ease their path to normalcy. 


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
An Indian eagle which was struck inside the fallen tree near Bengaluru Press Club...

An Indian eagle which was struck inside the fallen tree near Bengaluru Press Club...

India's Khalin Joshi tees off on the first hole during the final round of the Bashundhara...

India's Khalin Joshi tees off on the first hole during the final round of the Bashundhara...

Tobacco farmers and workers holding a protest in Vijaywada against anti-tobacco campaigns...

Tobacco farmers and workers holding a protest in Vijaywada against anti-tobacco campaigns...

An elderly woman smokes a Bidi on the eve of 'World No Tobacco Day' in Ahmedabad...

An elderly woman smokes a Bidi on the eve of 'World No Tobacco Day' in Ahmedabad...

Models walk the ramp at Indore Fashion Week in Indore...

Models walk the ramp at Indore Fashion Week in Indore...

Ramkumar Ramanathan of India play a backhand shot against Vishnuvardhan during ITF Mysuru Open...

Ramkumar Ramanathan of India play a backhand shot against Vishnuvardhan during ITF Mysuru Open...

Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha poses next to the newly launched BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe...

Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha poses next to the newly launched BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe...

Foreigners dance during Millionaire Bhanwar Lal Doshi's Diksha ceremony for becoming a Jain monk...

Foreigners dance during Millionaire Bhanwar Lal Doshi's Diksha ceremony for becoming a Jain monk...

A man takes a nap inside a car on a hot summer day in Ahmadabad...

A man takes a nap inside a car on a hot summer day in Ahmadabad...

A shepherd going with sheep to the next village near Jaliya Village in Beawar, Rajasthan...

A shepherd going with sheep to the next village near Jaliya Village in Beawar, Rajasthan...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523